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Ray High School coaches learn first-hand about benefits of CrossFit training

In sports, every team wants to get the leg up on the competition.

Over at Ray High School, they like to be known as innovators and it appears they have done it again.

And here’s why.

The entire coaching staff for all sports signed up to do this last Thursday and Friday during their in-service.

They learned CrossFit and how they can use it to better train their athletes.

And look at them here, going all out, getting in shape themselves.

You gotta love this, you know their athletes do.

The school received a grant to bring a group of advanced CrossFit professionals from Portland, Ore., to show the coaches how “cross fit training” will benefit their program.

All athletes and all sports from weightlifting to running – all aspects of athletic competition.

“I want the coaches to come away and be empowered to use some of the movement to find the motivation to get kids up and moving,” CrossFit trainer Meaghan McDonald of Portland, Ore., said. “And then see the benefit of that movement in other classes such as history and science and math and movement isn’t just for P.E. It’s for everybody.”

Ray football coach Craig Charlton has already seen the benefits.

“I think a lot of the stuff we already know,” Charlton said. “It’s something where we refine different techniques as far as lifting and how to implement the workouts in a such a way where it benefits not just football players but cross country, all of our runners to tennis players to all sports.

“We have the facilities now at Ray High School because of the 2016 bond, our facilities are first-class so we are able to work out kids in many different ways.”

It will be interesting to see how it all works in the long run. But again, this Ray coaching staff loves to be innovative.






Alan Harwell

Alan Harwell

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